10 Things You Should Know About Angola

  • Lyssie

    Very interesting read! I’ve been wondering about the kuduro dance ever since the Don Omar song came out. Sadly, your video for it seems to have been removed? I’d love to see what kuduro actually is though!

    • Thank you, I will change the video. There are a lot of videos in you tube, it is quite funky. Check it out 🙂

  • Really interesting. I loved learning about the Kizomba and the proposal day tradition!

  • Sergio Maziano

    This article is inacurrated…

    1. I don’t know of friend that goes to party at friday and comes back by sunday… not even close… This is just an expression based on local music here… just like TGIF

    2. I don’t know of friend of mine that does his nails… The shoes is not about the “LIKE” to have theis shoes spotless… Luanda or most of Angola is dusty…
    3. About verbs and stuff… We’re Angolans and portuguese isn’t our language… we were colonised and it was and OBLIGATION to speak portuguese that’s why younger Angolans don’t speak any local language. The Elders with less education barely speak portuguese and most never went further than 4th Grade(That’s the class they were allowed to have)…
    4. Alambamento isn’t a proposing day… that’s a BFL… Alambamento is a Marriage itself… but not valid on modern society… but it’s valid under our constitution…
    5. I’m Angolan… Original… I’m an Bantu… But I can’t dance… I can’t sing… G… my kids can’t dance… Angolans like to dance.. ? Yes… Africans have rhythm… but stating that can dance since younger age is a BFL…
    Don’t know what kind of Angolan’s you have been dealing with… but this is clearly an very uninformed point of view…

    • The fact that you don’t know about something, doesn’t mean it’s inaccurate.
      The dance is obviously a generalization and something so clear that I don’t even understand your argument… The shoes is something so clear to a foreigner…
      About alambamento, check this: http://www.welcometoangola.co.ao/_the_alambamento We simplified for obvious reasons, but it’s a correct explanation… Anyway, as important as it is, I can see as it can be considered a marriage in itself.

  • Ngoma

    The last video and song are Ugandan..don’t know about the dance being Angolan but nice read.

  • Bruno Pereira

    Hey! Cool post!

    About nr. 10:
    – The use of the word “só” (only) is often times meant as a synonym for “por favor” (please). E.g.: “Essa caneta aí, dá só!” (Hand me that pen over there, please!)

    • Boet

      Because it’s possible that he had an incorrect understanding of it, didn’t know that, and did his best to explain his understanding of it with good intentions. You seem to be under the impression that he has willingly tired to mislead people here, but seeing as you’ve got so much to so on the subject, how about having an attempt at giving a correct explanation instead of attacking him?

  • Ashleigh

    Very interesting in that I’ve never thought about researching Angola and now I’m so intrigued! Thank you for sharing this info!

    • couplertw

      Thank you:) We will do a few more of these about Angola, feel free to check it out. 🙂

  • Sonal Kwatra

    This is interesting. The thing about proposing day is very cute.

    • couplertw

      Cute and expensive for the groom 🙂

    • cute and expensive for the groom 🙂

  • I think the funerals and hairdresser thing are typical for all the African countries….recently got back from West Africa and there was a hairdresser shop literally at every corner (sometimes 3 of them)!

    • yes, I also think it’s an African thing, I heard that in South Africa funerals are also a big thing, and a there is big business around funerals

  • Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this. Though, the women deserve a day (I, mean, weekend!) too!

    • couplertw

      You know, nowadays some younger women say it’s man’s day and single woman’s day

  • Tori Gabriel

    Aww, I love the idea of calling people “Aunty” or “Uncle” as a sign of respect. Angola looks like a really interesting place.

    • couplertw

      interesting doesn’t even come close 🙂

  • João Ferreira

    100% accurate.

    • couplertw

      Thank you

  • Carla Pereira

    Faltou uma expressão muito usada pelos angolanos “estou à tua trás”, como quem diz “tenho andado à tua procura”!
    It missed an expression that angolans use a lot “I am at your back – estou à tua trás”, as if to say “I’ve been looking for you!”

    • couplertw

      ola:) obrigada, por acaso não conhecia, já fica para o repertório:)

  • Frank Thomae

    Nobody ever writes anything about Angola so I found this interesting. I spent a few years in neighboring Zambia as a kid and I remember the place was a mess at the time (along with most of Zambia’s neighbors).
    Men’s day. Hey, I like that. Go out Friday, come home Sunday (maybe). I wonder how Spanky will react if I propose that idea to her…
    NIce post,
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • couplertw

      Thank you 🙂 It’s nice to know that people are interested. We are living in Luanda so we have some insights to continue to share